Burnley’s athletes, clubs and volunteers were recognised for their hard work and dedication to sport at the Burnley Sports Awards 2017.
Winners of 10 awards were announced at the glittering ceremony at Burnley Mechanics attended by shortlisted nominees, their families and friends, event sponsors and members of Burnley Leisure.
Guests were treated to an inspirational speech by Olympic champion Sally Gunnell OBE, who also hosted the event and helped hand out the trophies.
The first award of the night Community Club of the Year was scooped by Fulledge Colts Youth Football Club, which offers almost 100 hours of coaching across 27 teams every week.
The club also had something else to cheer about when their chairperson Vicki Jordan picked up the Adult Volunteer of the Year Award for her work in developing the club and setting up opportunities for girls.
The Coach of the Year Award went to Shrona Pilling from Burnley Netball Club, where she delivers coaching sessions for all ages and has helped the club in engaging over 80 people on a weekly basis.
Get in2 star volunteer Samiya Rahman was named the Young Volunteer of the Year. Keen cricketer and rounders player, Samiya is a regular volunteer at St Peter’s Holiday Club and the Boathouse in Thompson Park.
The Young Achiever of the Year trophy was awarded to Anya Richmond. Anya is a player at Burnley Rugby Club, where she has played from U7s right up to U18s. This year she has been selected for the North U18s first team, whilst still under 16.
Burnley College was crowned the Active Workplace of the Year for their success in getting its staff physically active. There are now more than 400 members of staff attending regular activities within the college.
Contribution to Women’s Sport Award went to Jo Baldwin, one of the faces of Sport England’s #ThisGirlCan campaign. Her passion and enthusiasm for rounders led to her becoming a Director of Rounders England helping shape the future of the sport and how it is marketed across the country.
Casterton Primary School was awarded the Community Primary School of the Year accolade. The Secondary School of the Year award went to Sir John Thursby Community College.
Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Heather Scott, who has been a member of Burnley Athletic Club for 17 years. She played a pivotal role in bringing junior parkrun in Burnley in 2016, and continues to organise this weekly event. Heather was also the lead person from the club in helping to launch the Burnley Couch to 5k programme which has seen hundreds of people get in to running.
Michelle Grimes, events and funding officer at Burnley Leisure, said: “This brilliant event saw us celebrating not just Burnley’s fantastic sportsmen and women, but also the teams of people behind them that make it possible for people in the borough to take part in sport.
“It was great to have the opportunity to celebrate the contribution that sport makes to our borough – from healthier communities to promoting Burnley as a home of great athletes.
“Congratulations to all the winners and thanks for our sponsors who made this event possible.”
Year in, year out the awards attract a number of fantastic businesses looking to help recognise sporting success across different categories.
This year the main event sponsor was Birchall Foodservice, which was crowned as the business of the year in Burnley Business Awards last week.
The sports awards were also supported by Surridge Sport, Girls Up and Active, KM Accountants, Businesswise Solutions and Burnley School Sport Partnership.